Middle East Ensemble

Event Date: 

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

Event Price: 

Adults: $15

Non-UCSB students with ID: $10

UCSB students with ID: $5

Children under 12: FREE

For ticket purchases, click here or call (805) 893-2064.

Event Contact: 

For Marketing and Publicity contact:

Adriane Hill
Acting Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230

The UCSB Middle East Ensemble will present their fall concert on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The ensemble is thrilled to feature UCSB Voice Lecturer and Grammy Award-winning vocalist, Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian. Born in Lebanon of Armenian descent, Bayrakdarian is a soprano with an illustrious international career in opera, concert, recitals, as well as film soundtracks and eclectic crossover repertoire. With the ensemble, Bayrakdarian will perform a set of Armenian troubadour songs by Sayat Nova, and a set of Arabic songs popularized by Fairuz and Farid al-Atrache

Other concert highlights include a number of Egyptian songs, including an ‘Abd al-Halim Hafiz song sung by Mohamed Moharram, a Sayyid Makkawi song sung by Sam Khattar, a song associated with the Muslim pilgrimage sung by Samantha Mchammel, and a famous children’s song. Gabriela Quintana-Garcia will present a renowned Tunisian song and Andrea Fishman will present a lively Sephardic song from Greece.   

As always, the ensemble’s dance company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from the Arabian Peninsula (featuring Sunaina Kale, solo vocalist), Egypt, Greece, and Lebanon/Palestine/Syria, with choreography by Alexandra King and Cris! Basimah. Scott Marcus, Director of the UCSB Middle East Ensemble. Sue Rudnicki, Director of the ensemble’s percussion section. Cris! Basimah, Director of the ensemble’s dance company. UCSB Middle East Ensemble. Saturday, November 21, 2015. 7:30 p.m. UCSB Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Tickets: general admission ($15), non-UCSB students with ID ($10), UCSB students with ID ($5), children under 12 (FREE). For tickets, please visit www.music.ucsb.edu or call (805) 893-2064.